A leading socialist contender for the French presidential election has said Dominique Strauss-Kahn could still return to public office in France if US authorities drop the sex assault charges against him.
Prosecutors in New York called his accuser to a meeting over the weekend prompting reports that they are ready to ask a judge to dismiss all charges against the former head of the International Monetary Fund.
Nafissatou Diallo accused Strauss-Kahn of assaulting her at the hotel where she worked in May.
Doubts arose about her credibility, but her claims cost Strauss-Kahn his job at the IMF and the chance of running as Socialist candidate for the French presidency.
A current Socialist presidential front-runner, Francois Hollande, told French radio: “It is up to him to decide himself what he would like to do, on both the personal and political front. Whatever has been said, a man with the abilities of Dominique Strauss-Kahn can be useful to his country.”
But were he to return to public service he would have to win over voters who have heard months of allegations of sex-crimes.